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Friday, June 5, 2009
Forte's injury not deemed serious

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

It doesn't look like Chicago has much to worry about after getting a scare at the end of Wednesday's organized training activities session.

Tailback Matt Forte has been diagnosed with a relatively minor hamstring strain after limping off the field, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald. Forte might sit out most of next week's scheduled OTAs, but that is a small price to pay. There seems to be little doubt that he will be ready for full practice again once training camp begins July 31.

If there was ever a time in the NFL year to suffer an injury, it's now. OTAs are winding down, giving players anywhere from a month to six weeks off before they have to return for training camp. Forte has plenty of time to heal up.

Meanwhile, make sure you check out Len Pasquarelli's engaging ESPN.com column on a Bears executive you might not have heard much about. Contract negotiator Cliff Stein is the primary reason why the Bears have habitually signed their draft choices earlier than the rest of the league. (As of Friday, they had seven of their nine 2009 picks under contract.)